Twitter flagged President Trump for sharing a misleading video that made it appear Joe Biden had played the anti-police rap song âFâ- tha Policeâ by N.W.A. on his phone during an event in Florida on Tuesday â when the Democratic nominee had actually played the song âDespacito,â a song by Latin music star Luis Fonsi.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press prior to … [+] his departure from the White House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump was traveling to Philadelphia to participate in an ABC News town hall event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The original clip showed Biden playing the song âDespacitoâ on his phone during a Hispanic Heritage month event, in a tribute to Fonsi, who had introduced the Democratic nominee at the event.
The clip was the butt of jokes online, with some Trump campaign officials pointing out the word âdespacitoâ translates to âslowlyâ in English.
Hours later, Trump shared a clip from a random social media account that frequently puts out manipulated videos targeting Democrats which replaced âDespacitoâ with âFâ- tha Police.â
The song â which protests police brutality and racial profiling â has long been controversial, and was banned from radio stations when it came out in 1988.
Trump has attempted to tie Biden to the riots that have broken out across the U.S. this year and the âDefund the police movementâ â even though the Democratic nominee has repeatedly said he does not support the progressive cause.
Twitter has flagged several Trump tweets this year for spreading misinformation, after years of taking a more hands-off approach to handling false information on the platform.
Biden traveled to Florida on Tuesday for the first time as a presidential nominee in a bid to court Hispanic voters, who he has struggled to gain the support of in the key battleground state. Multiple polls have shown Biden trailing to Trump among Hispanic voters in recent weeks. However, a Monmouth University survey released Tuesday showed Biden dramatically reversing Trumpâs lead.
After Twitter flagged the tweet, Trump shared the manipulated video again, this time saying âChina is drooling. They canât believe this!â
I cover national politics for Forbes. Previously, I’ve written for TIME, Newsweek, the New York Daily News and VICE News. I also launched my own startup, Newsreel, a
I cover national politics for Forbes. Previously, I’ve written for TIME, Newsweek, the New York Daily News and VICE News. I also launched my own startup, Newsreel, a politics news platform for a young audience.
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